RJA Attorney Andy Gambaccini Quoted In Lawyers Weekly Article Involving First Amendment Lawsuit

In a recent Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly article, Andy Gambaccini was interviewed in connection with a federal summary judgment decision in which the Court determined that the City of Cambridge did not violate a police officer’s free speech rights when the City suspended the officer following a Facebook post by the officer that dealt with police reform legislation that was named for George Floyd. While the

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RJA Receives Victory at Summary Judgment for Two Worcester Police Officers in an Excessive Force Case

In August of 2016, an individual went on a violent crime spree in Worcester, Massachusetts. This individual, in a short period of time, committed multiple sexual assaults, a carjacking and kidnapping as well as an armed robbery. Worcester police officers were able to locate and to arrest this individual at the scene of the armed robbery. The individual later was convicted criminally and sentenced to

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RJA Attorney Andy Gambaccini Quoted In Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

Andy Gambaccini recently was interviewed in connection with a Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly article discussing a Cambridge police officer’s civil rights lawsuit alleging that his free speech rights were infringed when his employer issued a four-day suspension following the a Facebook post from the officer. While the full story is below, the portion featuring Gambaccini is excerpted here: Worcester lawyer Andrew J. Gambaccini, who represents law

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First Circuit Court Of Appeals Affirms Judgment In Favor Of Fall River Chiefs Of Police And Police Officer

The First Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed a judgment entered in favor of three members of the Fall River Police Department represented by RJA. The plaintiff in the civil rights case alleged that he had been assaulted by the police, that the police had committed fraud and engaged in a conspiracy to frame the plaintiff and that the police improperly caused the destruction of

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Snap Judgments: Does Chauvin have a viable case for a new trial?

Original Article By Pat Murphy on masslawyersweekly.com Q: Does former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin have a viable argument for a new trial based on claims he was denied a fair trial because of media coverage, pre-trial disclosure of the $27 million civil rights settlement with George Floyd’s family, pre-verdict pronouncements of his guilt by political leaders, and/or the denial of his request for a

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Investigation into Milford’s police chief continues

Pighetti put on leave in February after traffic stop Alison Bosma The Milford Daily News   MILFORD — Two months after Police Chief Michael Pighetti was put on paid leave, the town is still investigating the complaint that put him there. “I can’t confirm that there even is any investigation ongoing, as we have not been contacted by anyone associated with the Town of Milford

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Federal Court Dismisses Claims Against Fall River Chiefs of Police and Police Officer

In 2016, members of the Fall River Police Department were involved in a criminal investigation of an individual based upon allegations of abuse perpetrated on the individual’s siblings and the neglect of the individual’s mother, who subsequently passed away.  After his arrest and criminal conviction, the plaintiff brought suit against members of the Fall River Police Department.  The plaintiff claimed, among other things, that he

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At the close of 2020, the Massachusetts Legislature passed, and Governor Charlie Baker signed, a bill entitled “An Act Relative to Justice, Equity and Accountability in Law Enforcement in the Commonwealth[].”  This so-called police reform legislation promises to usher in a broad range of profound changes to Massachusetts policing at a number of levels. On April 5, 2021, a distinguished set of panelists will be

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Milford police chief defends traffic stop, calls actions ‘legitimate’ and ‘justified’

Alison Bosma |The Milford Daily News MILFORD — A Worcester law firm sent out a letter Tuesday defending Milford Police Chief Michael Pighetti, after selectmen placed him on paid leave last week. “I want the community to hear directly from me on these issues,” the letter, marked from Pighetti himself, read, “so that the record can be set straight and the facts can be known, including community

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Arbitrator: Granby wrong to suspend ex-fire chief John Mitchell; hearing on propriety of firing yet to come

From Jim Russell | Special to The Republican November 9, 2020 GRANBY – An arbitrator on Wednesday determined the Selectboard lacked justification to suspend, without pay, the town’s former fire chief, John Mitchell, while he was still an employee earlier this year. The Selectboard’s office has not responded to a request for comment. “The Town is hereby ordered to immediately rescind the suspension, remove all

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